Well, it's hard to miss that the school year is starting up for most of us. You can see the commercials on TV, the signs in Target (of course, I think those started before last year was even done), the general excitement on parents' faces, and the sadness on teacher's faces as we bid another memory-filled summer farewell.

How about we brighten up the Back to School Blues with a great big giveaway?

Do you use any of my Explain-it-All series in your classroom? 

Have you tried out this free sampler?


Here is a little peek inside of what is included in just one unit. 
(Some of them vary depending on the topic, but they all basically follow the same format.)

Each unit includes a definition poster and example or word cards.
You will also find flip books for interactive notebooks.
There are Scoot cards, which I find make a great additional assessment.
Some of the newer units have stick cards for whole class or small group response activities.
(I am working on going back and adding these to the units that don't have them, because I think it's a great classroom activity.)

There are also "fortune tellers" or "cootie catchers" in a pre printed format and a black format.
There are cut and paste activities, which are great for word work activities.
You will also find a pretest and a post test in each unit, which are perfect for RTI or classroom tracking.
There are also several print and go activities, many of them breaking down the skill into more manageable pieces.

In each unit you will also find "Pair It" cards which are great for center activities.
My class loves the "I Have Who Has" game that is in each unit. 
Partner Face Off games are a huge hit with my class, too and a perfect partner activity.
Finally, each unit has a graphic organizer that can be used throughout the unit. 

There is definitely a huge selection of activities to fit your teaching style and completely cover your instruction for each unit.

Check out all of the topics that have been covered so far.

So....how would you like a chance to win one, some, or all of these units?

All you have to do is enter below for a chance to win!

To revamp or not to revamp, that is ALWAYS my question.
Good or bad, I have changed my classroom theme every year for the past 26 years (except for the year I had a frozen shoulder).

With so much going on this year I said I wasn't going to change it...walked in...had to change it.

So here is my....

Sticking with my blog name, I've nicknamed this year's classroom
Chalk One Up for a Bright Year.

It's filled with chalkboard decor and splashes of bright color.
(It's my mom's favorite classroom that I've done...but I think she says that every year. LOL!)

So let's take a peek.

This is the sign that hangs over the doorway to our classroom.


One of my favorite parts is this reading nook. On my FB page I had posted that I had this crazy idea and my sweet son and wonderful dad sprang into action to make it happen.

I think this kiddo of mine painted everything that wasn't nailed down.

We got the cardboard from a local frame shop, the fabric for the curtains and crate seats from Joanns (the curtains are blue and white chevron), and the flowers from Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree. 

(I have since removed the table and turned the crate seats against the wall so the kiddos won't lean against the walls of the house - thanks for that tip, Mom!)

I won't lie, I absolutely love how it turned out (minus the slight warping) and my kiddos love it, too!

Here are pictures of that whole back wall section.

This year we are using a flexible classroom environment. I haven't used assigned seats in a couple of years, but this year we were able to provide a larger variety of seating areas. 

These adorable chairs with the footstools were provided through a grant I wrote for DonorsChoose. 

The coffee table actually used to be in our home years ago...thanks to my son and a couple of cans of chalkboard paint it has a whole new look!  

We found perfectly matching pillows for a great price at Walmart.

Here are my bulletin boards. We left a lot of blank space for anchor charts.
Do you own Jen Jones' Text Based Vocabulary Cards? They are going to anchor a large part of our learning for the entire year.

You can find my Punctuation Pals and my Effort Rubric by clicking on the linked words.

I love my friend Carina, from The Teaching Tornado's workspace/reading table so I had to create one in my own classroom. 

If I can keep the clutter off, it will work out great!!

Here are a few other odds and ends from my classroom.
You can get the Compliment Jar FREEBIE from my friend Katie at Teacher to the Core by clicking on the link. 

So that's it! This is where I'll be hanging out with my new favorite people for the next 180 days!

Well, have you heard? It's time for the annual TPT Back to School Blast!

I am linking up with my amazing friends at Primary Chalkboard to highlight some of our latest products to help get you ready for a brand new school year!

So here are a few of mine. 

If you want one stop shopping, you may want to grab this bundle. It includes everything you see here, plus a bonus surprise!

Above all I want to wish you a wonderful school year. YOU are the one who makes a difference in your students' lives each and every day. 
Have a magnificent year!

For other fabulous products by some of my very favorite people, be sure to click below.

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